Smofcon

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A convention for conrunners held since 1984.

The name comes from smof con.

In 1983, there were three bids for the 1986 Worldcon. Only a few members of these bids had much experience with running a Worldcon. Joe Siclari and Edie Stern had been discussing how to improve this situation and came up with the idea of a convention for conrunners. In 1983, after running an Atlanta bid party at Windycon X (a Chicago regional convention), they approached Ben Yalow (then on the NY bid) and later Theresa Renner (DC bid).

While the committee tried to call the convention "ConCon", as happened with Nycon II and the Tasfic, "the fans wouldn't have it" and it was called "Smofcon".

A convention on con running had been held in New York City in the early 1970s (retroactively dubbed "Smofcon 0"), but this was the convention which successfully began an almost-annual series of conventions.

Name Date Location Attendance Notes
Smofcon 0 1973 or 1974? New York, NY
Smofcon 1 Octtober 26-28, 1984 Arlington, VA
Smofcon 2 November 1985 Oakland, CA 0
Smofcon 3 December 5-7, 1986 Lowell, MA 137
Smofcon 4 November 20-22, 1987 Columbus, OH
Smofcon 5 December 9-11, 1988 Phoenix, AZ 102
Smofcon 6 December 8-10, 1989 Toronto, ON
Smofcon 7 December 7-9, 1990 Fort Lauderdale, FL
Smofcon 8 December 6-8, 1991 Portland, OR
Smofcon 9 December 4-6, 1992 New Orleans, LA
Smofcon 10 April 23-25, 1993 Jersey, UK
Smofcon 11 December 3-5, 1993 Lexington, KY ~110
Smofcon 12 December 2-4, 1994 Burbank, CA ~175
Smofcon 13 December 1-3, 1995 Austin, TX 121
Smofcon 14 December 6-8, 1996 Seattle, WA
Smofcon 15 December 5-7, 1997 Boston, MA 153
Smofcon 16 December 4-6, 1998 Colorado Springs, CO 86
Smofcon 17 December 10-12, 1999 New Orleans, LA
Smofcon 18 December 1-3, 2000 Cocoa Beach, FL
Smofcon 19 December 7-9, 2001 York, UK
Smofcon 20 December 6-8, 2002 San Diego, CA ~125
Smofcon 21 December 5-7, 2003 Rosemont, IL
Smofcon 22 December 3-5, 2004 Washington, DC ~123
Smofcon 23 December 2-4, 2005 Portland, OR
Smofcon 24 December 1-3, 2006 Kansas City, MO
Smofcon 25 December 7-9, 2007 Boston, MA ~214
Smofcon 26 December 5-7, 2008 Columbus, OH ~130
Smofcon 27 December 4-6, 2009 Austin, TX
Smofcon 28 December 3-5, 2010 San Jose, CA 154
Smofcon 29 December 2-4 2011 Amsterdam, Netherlands 110/130
Smofcon 30 November 30-December 2 2012 Philadelphia, PA 196
Smofcon 31 December 6-8, 2013 Toronto, ON 168
Smofcon 32 December 5-7, 2014 Manhattan Beach, CA
Smofcon 33 December 4-6, 2015 Ft Worth, TX
Smofcon 34 December 2-4, 2016 Chicago, IL
Smofcon South December 3-4, 2016 Wellington, NZ ~25 held in tandem, with a video link to Smofcon 34
Smofcon 35 December 1-3, 2017 Boston, MA
Smofcon 36 Nov 30-December 2, 2018 Santa Rosa, CA ~165
Smofcon 37 December 6-8, 2019 Albuquerque, NM
Smofcon 37 1/4 December 5, 2020 (virtual)
Smofcon 38 December 4-6, 2020 Montreal, Canada
Smofcon 38 December 3-5, 2021 Lisbon, Portugal
Smofcon 39 December 2-4, 2022 Montreal, QB


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